The Community Foundation's purpose is to contribute to improving the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. To that end, grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, community betterment, economic development, education, and human services.

Grant Procedures:

  • The Grants Committee and the Board of Directors review applications on a quarterly basis.
  • All applications are submitted in the online grants system.
  • All applicants are encouraged to contact the Senior Program Officer prior to submission with questions about the grantmaking process or how to best craft their application. First-time applicants are required to call the Foundation prior to creating an LOI.
  • Both the Senior Program Officer and Grants Committee members conduct application research. Organizations should expect contact through email, phone or in-person in the time between application submission and notification. It is of vital importance to provide answers to questions and access to sites if a visit is requested.
  • Notification occurs by letter approximately 6-8 weeks after full application deadlines.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to sign a grant agreement form electronically to accept the conditions of the grant.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to sign a request for distribution form electronically to receive payment.
  • Organizations awarded a grant are required to submit a post-grant report one year after notification or two weeks prior to a new application submission.

Grant Guidelines

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals and generally does not make grants for religious purposes, covering budget deficits, travel, fundraising events, endowments, or for specific program or project expenses that are already covered by planned tax distributions received by a government agency for current year state approved budgets. The Foundation does not typically award to statewide (IN), out of state, or national organizations unless the monies are to be used solely to benefit citizens of Delaware County, Ind. The Foundation does not award grants that provide direct benefit to a donor or donor's family. Grants are generally awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Each grant awarded will be evaluated and a post-grant report is required for each grant received. A post-grant report, including financial/expenditure information, is required for the organization to remain in good standing and be eligible for future grant awards. All overdue post-grant reports must be received before the due date of any current grant applications for the Grants Committee to review the current application.

Apply Online

Starting in 2018, a letter of intent is required to be submitted using the online grants management system prior to a full application. No application will be permitted without a letter of intent. The deadlines follow.

Upcoming Deadlines

All LOIs and Applications MUST be submitted by 4:30pm on the day of the deadline or they will not be considered in that quarter.

Q1 - LOI: December 4, 2020; Application: January 8, 2021

Q2 - LOI: February 26, 2021; Application: April 2, 2021

Q3 - LOI: May 28, 2021; Application: July 2, 2021

Q4 - LOI: August 27, 2021; Application: October 1, 2021

Contact: Senior Program Officer

The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or that perceived as a disability in the consideration of grant requests. Likewise, the Foundation does not knowingly support programs that negatively discriminate based on the aforementioned factors.